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Blogging Truths Be Told: When You're Just Not Feeling It . . .

After falling asleep at my computer last night, while working on the original "Blogging Truths Be Told" post for today and then waking up in the wee hours of the morning to use the bathroom, here's what came to me. Instead of continuing to rework the post I had before me, I decided to scrap it altogether. I decided to pick up my handy dandy phone, audio record myself sharing a few thoughts about blogging to my blogging audience, and then transcribe those words that morning to my blog site.…

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Added by Jana Williams on April 7, 2021 at 10:06pm — No Comments

DOM Build-a-Book Project: A Book Begins with a Plan

Before I go any further with the DOM Build-a-Book market research, it's time to put the breaks on, stand still for a moment, and take on that whole "ma'am with a plan" outlook for this current book baby I'm trying to nourish and grow. I was so completely ready to feed this bookling a full course meal with plenty of meaty content before even giving it milk to start off with, but . . . 

Okay, enough of my baby analogies. What I'm getting at here is the idea that I can't put the cart…

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Added by Jana Williams on April 7, 2021 at 9:41pm — No Comments

DOM Build-a-Book Project: The Market Research Begins with You

Now, I tend to be of the mindset that we don't need much of a nudge in the right direction when we're "feeling" the task before us. We'll give it all we've got and then some, if need be. BUT . . . there are those instances when the task before us is one of the "undesirables" that we tend to pack away for a future date, or try to forget altogether, because we just don't want to do the thing.

You know what I mean?

It's like this: if there really was such a thing as…

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Added by Jana Williams on March 30, 2021 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Blogging Truths Be Told: You Can't Always Judge a Book By Its . . .

Cover . . . Outward Appearance . . . First Impression. How would you finish the title? Well, several times recently, I've found myself thinking deeply about today's topic. And every time I do so, I become more and more upset by the abundance of attention people place on the wrong things and the lack of attention they place on the right things.

I suppose societal norms have set us up to ooooo and ahhhh over superficial stuff that doesn't really amount to much when you put it up against…

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Added by Jana Williams on March 30, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

DOM Build-a-Book Project: Market Research for Incentives Books

If you haven't had a chance to read up on the "Blogging Truths Be Told: Marketing is So Cringey" articles, you'll want to do that here and here. Those two articles will give you some perspective on why I have some uncomfortability when it comes to marketing…

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Added by Jana Williams on March 21, 2021 at 9:05am — No Comments

Questions from a Writer to the Writing Community – Volume 2

Okay, I get it. So, I didn't get much of a response from my original post, Questions from a Writer to the Writing Community – Volume 1. I posed the same questions (in that post) that I'm extending to you today. However, I left out one key component from the original post that I'm actually going to cover in today's post. And the missing component is . . . my…

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Added by Jana Williams on March 21, 2021 at 8:59am — No Comments

Blogging Truths Be Told: Marketing is So Cringey - (Part 2)

Howdy! I'm so glad you're here. However, if you came here first before going there to read part 1 of "Blogging Truths Be Told: Marketing is So Cringey", then you're doing yourself a great disservice. It's okay if you did though. Just backtrack and head over to the linked article above, read, and relate. And then, please return back here for the continuation of the marketing…

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Added by Jana Williams on March 14, 2021 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Blogging Truths Be Told: Marketing is So Cringey

The "Blogging Truths Be Told" series is my outlet for sharing the unglamorous side of blogging. And there's absolutely no way I could do another post here without addressing the big blogging elephant in my room. For me, that ever-unpleasant presence is (drum . . . roll . . . please) marketing my content and products. Ugghhh! Now, I'm speaking about my insecurities here, and they're mine to own and reconcile. But I'm willing to guess that I'm not the only content creator who has…

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Added by Jana Williams on March 14, 2021 at 11:11pm — No Comments

The Business-Minded Approach Toward GETTING THINGS DONE - (Part 2)

Today's blog post is a continuation of the post, The Business-Minded Approach Toward GETTING THINGS DONE. And the way I ended that first part of a two-parter was with the seven topic headings I'll be discussing today. The following seven headings refer to seven calls-to-action, or business strategies, that identify those with a business-minded or GETTING WORK…

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Added by Jana Williams on March 10, 2021 at 9:58am — No Comments

The Business-Minded Approach Toward GETTING THINGS DONE

We are fully into basketball season; and I tell you what -- this time of the year is giving me sensory overload on all the sports stuff. Football is still going on (which I can take it or leave it), but watching basketball is my jam. Now, I will admit that I don't routinely start checking in until March Madness for the NCAA and during the Playoffs for the NBA. But this year is different. With the pandemic throwing everything off, I'm finding myself tuning into basketball a little earlier…

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Added by Jana Williams on March 10, 2021 at 9:07am — No Comments

Blogging Truths Be Told: Stalking Your Numbers and Comparing Them to Others - (Part 2)

Today is a day for continuation . . . specifically, continuation of the discussion from last week's Blogging Truths Be Told: Stalking Your Numbers and Comparing Them to Others. Since I wasn't completely finished with my thoughts from last Friday, I've decided to unload the rest of them on you this fine day. And just so you know, the rest of what I…

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Added by Jana Williams on February 28, 2021 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Blogging Truths Be Told: Stalking Your Numbers and Comparing Them to Others

Have you ever noticed how the content creators who have the numbers are predominantly those individuals who preach that content creators with little-to-no audiences shouldn't focus intently on (or be down-right obsessed with) their numbers?

Seriously, have you or am I just imagining hearing and reading the same sentiments touted over and over again? Rhetorical question. I mean I could be a bit cynical here and need a reality check, but I don't think so. Experience in the creative…

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Added by Jana Williams on February 28, 2021 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Writing Goals for a 2021 Fresh Start

Well, here we are folks. At the very beginnings of 2021. Can you believe it? And what do you intend to do with your life goals this year? Have you identified some achievements to pursue? Well, I've given the whole goal-setting topic quite a bit of attention lately -- not because we just vacated 2020 and entered 2021, but because my outlook on creating content has circled back around to a concentration on writing goals. 

New Beginning

Writing goals, whoo hoo! I'm so excited. I…

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Added by Jana Williams on February 14, 2021 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Blogging Truths Be Told: Writing About Everything?

I'm soooooo tired of hearing content creators say that you can't write about everything or at least write on the topics that are most important to you.  I simply built up an immunity to hearing things such as:

  • You have to niche down in order to grow, because you can't appeal to everyone.
  • And the quickest way for you to grow is to become knowledgeable in a particular niche, so you can be known as an authority on that subject matter. So, please don't spread yourself too…
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Added by Jana Williams on February 14, 2021 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Writing Goals and More 2020 Close-Out

Originally posted at the Degrees of Maternity blog (degreesofmaternity.wordpress.com) on December 29, 2020 . . . 

Today is the day I'll summarize the progress I made on my "writing goals and more" for the remainder of 2020. I'm pulling out a bit of content from my previous blog post,…

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Added by Jana Williams on February 7, 2021 at 10:40am — No Comments

Blogging Truths Be Told Series

Originally posted at the Degrees of Maternity blog (degreesofmaternity.wordpress.com) on December 25, 2020 . . . 

You can never say that I don't try out new things here at Degrees of Maternity. And just to prove my point, I've decided to try my hand at a brand-new blogging series about . . . BLOGGING. Whoo hoo! I'm actually very excited about this one and have quite a bit that I can share…

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Added by Jana Williams on February 7, 2021 at 10:33am — No Comments

Simplifying the Writing Process This Time Around

I've been doing this writing thing for a little over two years now, so you would think I'd have everything figured out at this moment in time. Right? WRONG! No, I've just recently figured a few things out that will determine how I proceed with my writing journey into the future. For some, the light bulb may come on a lot sooner or it might take even longer to shine its brightest. The universal awesomeness about our personal journeys is they're personal and unique to each individual. I figure…

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Added by Jana Williams on January 31, 2021 at 11:41am — No Comments

New Product Journey: The Real Reason for Chosing Ebooks

Wow! I came across the following blog post the other day and realized how blessed I am to have these chronicles to go back to and see where I was in my life journey at the time. This post originally appeared here at Degrees of Maternity about seven months ago on May 25, 2020. As written content, it was simply the explanation or justification for all of the writing I did for my last set of reading and writing ebooks for parents and their school-aged…

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Added by Jana Williams on January 31, 2021 at 11:35am — No Comments

Fitting Book Writing into the Schedule Efficiently

I'm pretty sure I told you that I'd be getting back with you once I got my fall schedule together. I guess -- better late than never. Hee hee! Actually, since we're very close to the first day of winter, I'll just call this my "Schedule for the Foreseeable Future". I've been using that term "foreseeable future" a lot lately and I'm not entirely sure why (maybe it's because we're so close to 2021).

Anyway, after months of no consistent method for how my days seem to run, I thought I'd…

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Added by Jana Williams on January 25, 2021 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Lessons Learned #5: Learn and Apply the Basics in Order to Grow

What time is it?

Well, it's time for me to go back to the basics. And the basics, for me, is writing.

The concept of knowing and applying the basics is one of those lessons that's come to life through my son's, Little Man's, educational journey. In my son's magnet elementary school, two of the academic subjects that are covered every day are language arts (includes reading and writing) and mathematics. These…

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Added by Jana Williams on January 25, 2021 at 8:36pm — No Comments

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